In just one week, we have seen separate cases of bears getting their heads stuck in jars, like real-life Winnie-the-Poohs! The most recent was in Rice Lake, Wis., where a bear's belly got the best of him when he ended up with his head stuck in an old milk can.
A lumberjack named Garrett Smith came to his rescue, using a machine with a crane and claw called a "Forwarder" to pop the jar off, like that game at the arcade where you use the claw to win a stuffed animal. And it was all captured on video:
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Around the same time, a 6-month-old black bear cub in New Jersey stumbled upon an animals cracker jar and tried to help himself to the crumbs. NBC explains, "As the 28-pound animal tried to eat what remained in the jar, he apparently pulled the jar over his head and it got stuck.
They continue, "The cub became spooked when approached and went up a nearby tree, but got wedged about 40 feet up." The Environmental Protection Department was called in to save the bear-in-a-jar-in-a-tree, who was tranquilized before local firefighters "gingerly" cut the jar off.
Because both bears were safe in the end, we can safely say these stories are adorable.
But people, do not leave your jars lying around unsupervised in areas that bears can get stuck in them! Because it's only a matter of time before this escalates and bears are getting stuck other places and rabbits are painting on their butts. Though, we absolutely would like to see the real-life version of this: